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I have seen some wonderfully made props that have been very creatively aged, one of the aging techniques uses, what looks like white paint, which is lightly splattered on the surface to give a water damaged effect.

If you know or are familiar with what I am referring to do you know what product would be best to use and what would be the best method for applying it?

Thanks for any help you can offer

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My best method for aging props is to let me tour with them for 10 years. Short of that I would look up Chapter 11 of "Scenic Art for the Theatre" By Susan Crabtree & Peter Beudert which deals specifically on aging techniques.
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Ray,

I know what you mean, nothing beats plain old wear and tear.

Thanks for the tip, I will be sure to check out the book.

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Check out my article on it. If nothing else, you can't beat the price! Smile

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......um=173&1
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Lend it to a fellow magician
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George:

That is an absolutely brilliant article!

Thanks for sharing your insights and findings they are priceless!

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On 2011-07-28 21:05, spcarlson wrote:
I have seen some wonderfully made props that have been very creatively aged, one of the aging techniques uses, what looks like white paint, which is lightly splattered on the surface to give a water damaged effect.

If you know or are familiar with what I am referring to do you know what product would be best to use and what would be the best method for applying it?

Thanks for any help you can offer

Steve


Steve, do you want to age metal or wood?
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George, thanks again for the article. Actually, thank you for all of your articles! they are all great. now, go write some more. Smile

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Here's some info on making a musical instrument appear old.. (We call our old beater guitars "Relics"). will pertain to wooden magioal props, too, depending on how they were finished.

http://www.tdpri.com/resourceRELICING.htm
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George's post is perfect.
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Geez, Jay, coming from you that's quite a compliment. Thank you and I'm glad you liked it.
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There are a number of kits available for patinating. Crackle paint is also readily available and IMHO works really well. I have 100 year old paint in my house that is naturally crackled and the spray paint looks almost exactly the same. There is also a kit my wife uses for antiquing furniture that includes (for example) ivory paint and a small can of stain. The ivory is applied and let dry. Then the surfaces are randomly attacked with sandpaper. After that, the stain is applied and immediately wiped off. The stain "dirties" the paint and settles in the low spots left by the sandpaper. Very effective. A combination of crackle paint and the aging kit would work nicely as well.
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Spcarlson,
Take a look at Doc O’Brien’s weathering powders: http://www.micromark.com/ search #81632. The powders are available in 12 colors, self-adhesive, & non-toxic.
You can create that weathered/worn appearance on just about any surface.

The Age-It-Easy product may prove useful on your props made of wood: http://www.micromark.com/ search #80873.
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On 2011-09-01 10:35, Ms. Merizing wrote:
Spcarlson,
Take a look at Doc O’Brien’s weathering powders: http://www.micromark.com/ search #81632. The powders are available in 12 colors, self-adhesive, & non-toxic.
You can create that weathered/worn appearance on just about any surface.

The Age-It-Easy product may prove useful on your props made of wood: http://www.micromark.com/ search #80873.


The Doc O'Brien powders work very well - I use them mostly for my model railroading to age locomotives, cars, buildings, etc. If it is desired, you can even seal the object you are weathering with a light spraying of dull cote to help preserve it that way, and if the Dull Cote spray would not hinder/change the working/desired look of your prop(s). Highly recommended!
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Ms. Merizing, thanks for that link. I was a big fan of Rust All, but the local shops don't carry it. I think these will come in handy.

Dr. J... It seems as if we have something else in common. I modeled railroads for years. I had a 5' x 16' N scale layout, Burlington Route, Zephyrs, and Santa Fe. It was a loose representation of the town where I grew up. Sold it all when I moved, though. I've known for a long time that there are many areas that cross over between magic and modeling! Smile

On the topic of weathering products, Klamm Magic used to sell a bill aging compound. Maybe they still do. You could make gaffs from crisp new bills and then properly age them in a matter of minutes. Good stuff.
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Thank you everyone for he great tips and links they are proving to be very helpful.

The project I am working on at present is wood but the products for aging metal are great for future reference. I never realized there was so much out there!

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Unless the products specifically alter the chemical compound of the material, i.e., expedited patina on metal, some of the products may only be superficial "cosmetic" changers. An example is the "Rust-All" product I used. It could be applied to plastic, wood or metal, painted or not, and have the same results... that of rust. It pays to experiment.
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All,
Once again the Café has come through!
I bought a "Haunted Key" for $5. And I was thinking it would be an antique looking key. As you are probably aware, it is a high gloss silver and looks brand new. Not the effect I wanted. I realize there are keys out there that are already "antique". But my way is cheaper and now it will be more fun to improve mine!

So, I am going to look into these and see what works best.

Besides, I am pretty sure the key I have is a hard plastic. It’s cheap enough where I can experiment.

Thanks guys!

Mike
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Mike, there are a number of methods for rusting metal. PM me and I can give you some tips.
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